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The inconveniences of transnational democracy

Cabrera, Luis (2007) The inconveniences of transnational democracy. Ethics & International Affairs, 21 (02). p. 219. ISSN 0892-6794

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URL of Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1747-7093.2007.00071.x

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Despite some limited moves toward openness and accountability, suprastate policy formation in such bodies as the World Trade Organization remains fundamentally exclusive of individuals within states. This article critiques the “don’t kill the goose” arguments commonly offered in defense of such exclusions. It highlights similarities between those arguments and past arguments for elitist forms of democracy, where strict limitations are advocated on the participation of nonelites in the name of allowing leaders to act most effectively in the broad public interest. Advocated here is movement toward a strongly empowered WTO parliamentary body that would be guided in practice by a principle of democratic symmetry, attempting to match input to the increasing impacts of WTO governance. A parliament with codecision powers broadly similar to those of the European Parliament is offered as a long-term institutional ideal.

Type of Work:Article
Date:2007 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Department:Department of Politics and International Studies
Subjects:JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
JZ International relations
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:Carnegie Council
ID Code:724
Refereed:YES
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